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Slater and Gordon has welcomed new Practice Group Leader Emma Pelka-Caven to the firm’s growing Class Actions team.

Ms Pelka-Caven joins Slater and Gordon from Lander & Rogers, where she was a Special Counsel in Dispute Resolution and Insurance Law.

She specialised in financial services litigation including defending financial service participants and monitoring directors’ and officers' claims and representative proceedings.

Ms Pelka-Caven said she was particularly driven to work on behalf of individuals following the recent disclosures of wrongdoing in the Hayne Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.

“I was attracted to the campaigns launched by the firm in response to the Royal Commission and its long history of holding corporate Australia to account,” Ms Pelka-Caven said.

“I am excited to be part of a dynamic and growing Class Action practice at Slater and Gordon.

“I hope to bring a fresh perspective to the team and look forward to delivering great outcomes for the many clients that the firm represents”.

Slater and Gordon Head of Class Actions Ben Hardwick said Ms Pelka-Caven’s appointment further broadened the wealth and depth of experience within the team.

“We look forward to Emma joining our leadership team and sharing her diverse and varied career experience and helping us to grow our market leading position,” Mr Hardwick said.

Prior to joining Lander & Rogers in 2010, Ms Pelka-Caven was based in Hong Kong where she worked on large-scale commercial litigation for an international law firm. She is admitted in both Hong Kong and Victoria, Australia.

In the very early stages of her career, Ms Pelka-Caven worked as a paralegal at Slater and Gordon on cases against British American Tobacco and Esso for losses arising from the Longford gas plant explosion.

She acknowledged there is a certain synchronicity in returning to the firm where she first started.

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